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bac1023
02-18-2012, 12:52
I was browsing my local shops this morning and found this in the case. Its a like new 6" Dan Wesson SuperMag chambered in 357 Maximum. As you can see, the bluing and grips perfect. Other than a slight turn line on the cylinder, it looks brand new. I haven't bought a revolver in nearly two years, but this really caught my eye. They're hard to come by and nearly impossible to come by in this condition.

I've always felt the bluing on Dan Wesson revolvers rivaled anything from Colt or Smith & Wesson and this gun proves it. Thye grips are very nice and show a great deal of grain.

Before this, I had two spaces left for revolvers in my collection. I said that the last two would be classic S&Ws. Well, my last ONE will be a classic Smith. I just couldn't pass up this rare beauty.

Of course, it will fire 357magnum and 38Special as well. 38 special will feel like 22lr in this 63oz revolver. Its a big wheelgun, but its perhaps the nicest Dan Wesson I've ever seen. As many know, I like the rare stuff. :supergrin:

Thoughts?


http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0006_1-3.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0006-7.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0003_1-6.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc398/cutillo_2011/000_0002_1-9.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_0007-6.jpg

bac1023
02-18-2012, 12:52
I have a small SuperMag family now.

My 445 now has a little brother. :cool:


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_0003-4.jpg

Tim151515
02-18-2012, 13:12
I really like it a lot. It is gorgeous, and you dont see too many black revolvers. I had never even heard of 357 max before now(I had to look it up on wiki)

bac1023
02-18-2012, 13:26
I really like it a lot. It is gorgeous, and you dont see too many black revolvers. I had never even heard of 357 max before now(I had to look it up on wiki)

Yeah, its not common. Neither is the 445 SuperMag.

I believe the Ruger Blackhawk first chambered it.

CBennett
02-18-2012, 14:01
Good guns I love my 15-2!

bac1023
02-18-2012, 14:11
Good guns I love my 15-2!

Yeah, they're very heavy duty revolvers.

The SuperMags are the only DW revolvers I own.

Javelin
02-18-2012, 14:21
It is really nice. I like that it doesn't have any screws on the side of the frame.

I don't know what model Dan Wesson .357 mag revolver I was using to qualify for CHL Instructor (it was my neighbors) but the damn thing malf'd on me because the screw by the trigger guard that held the trigger assy fell out. I was very very lucky to find it on the outdoor range, put it back together and finish qualifying.

bac1023
02-18-2012, 14:30
It is really nice. I like that it doesn't have any screws on the side of the frame.



Thanks.

I also like the styling of them.

Javelin
02-18-2012, 14:38
Thanks.

I also like the styling of them.

I'd buy that if it was a decent deal. I was just saying that I much prefer the smooth sided frames. Though I am not knowledgeable enough to know which ones those are exactly... just some have screws and some don't. :supergrin:

glock2740
02-18-2012, 14:49
Congrats Brian. Very clean looking gun. Looks like it is NIB.

fnfalman
02-18-2012, 15:18
You need the Maximum chambered Blackhawk to go with it.

byf43
02-18-2012, 18:12
Very nice!!!!!!

Congratulations, bac!!
My DW 44VH-8 (w/ VH-4) is one of my favorite revolvers!!

Incredibly accurate!!

:thumbsup:

Bruce M
02-18-2012, 18:25
Very handsome revolver. And unique.

Angry Fist
02-18-2012, 18:29
Outstanding... They should make a snubbie.

What is .357 Max's near-equal?

Ruble Noon
02-18-2012, 18:30
Nice find Brian. Dan Wesson is about the only revolver chambered for the .357 Max that didn't have problems with eroding the top strap.

ithaca_deerslayer
02-18-2012, 18:31
Congrats!

Is this your first DW? If so, welcome to the club :)

Here's my .44mag. It was my first handgun purchase, 20 some years ago. Shown here with 8", I also have a 4".

I assume you got the DW wrench and cylinder gap with it? I think you can still get new barrels and sights direct from the factory.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6887269351_2bfa6b737b_b.jpg

CBennett
02-18-2012, 18:32
For me the accuracy was what got me..I had heard about them being accurate. when I took mine to the range i had forgotten my regular targets(or used them all and forgot to buy new) the only thing I had left was some walmart paper plates id sometimes use for closer up(5-12 yards) 9mm/snub nose .38 special targets..figured they well represented the size of the vitals at that distance of a man size target as they were tea saucer size not the big dinner ones...I had those and some peal off orange dots so I pealed off a orange dot put it dead center hung it out at 25 yards went back to my bag rest and lined it up...my kid says are you aiming at that small dot i said yes...first shot went dead center of the dot...he was amazed(I was too)! I figured it would be somewhere in the vicinity but not smack through the middle first shot lol.

38 Super Fan
02-18-2012, 18:41
Congrats Brian! You're on a roll lately. :thumbsup:

smokeross
02-18-2012, 19:15
I have one just like it. Love it. Had 2 different Rugers in .357 Maximum. Both were badly out of time. Just bought a Dan Wesson 741 in .41 mag, and also have a model 15 with the pistol pak.

NeverMore1701
02-18-2012, 19:39
Love it!

Tony Rumore
02-18-2012, 20:12
I had a couple of 445 Super Mags in the past. They are pretty nice guns except for the horrible load-up on the hammer when you try to cock them. They have a short-throw hammer that takes quite a bit of force to spin that big cylinder around. I have two friends that have extremely rare 414 SuperMags....one of which is a very early Elgin Gates model. Those are some pretty cool guns. I also have a buddy with a blued .375 SuperMag. I don't believe the .375's were ever made in stainless.

No one will remember this these days.....but the original Ruger SRM .357 Maximum was actually recalled. But the recall only effected guns that were not yet sold to end users. So quite a few of the 14,000 or so made, ended up being sent back to Ruger by dealers and distributors. I was in my favorite gun shop in the early-80's fondling one of them and the dealer told me, "sorry, I can't sell it to you, it's got to go back". He had a pair of them and sent them both back.

Tony Rumore
Tromix

craig19
02-18-2012, 20:58
Nice pick up, BAC.

bac1023
02-18-2012, 21:03
You need the Maximum chambered Blackhawk to go with it.

I almost bought one of those a few years back, actually.

They're also rare, but a bit easier to come by than the DW.

RMTactical
02-18-2012, 21:05
Very nice!!

bac1023
02-18-2012, 21:09
Congrats Brian. Very clean looking gun. Looks like it is NIB.

Thanks Joe. Its just about NIB.

I don't think many rounds were through it.

bac1023
02-18-2012, 21:11
Nice find Brian. Dan Wesson is about the only revolver chambered for the .357 Max that didn't have problems with eroding the top strap.

Thanks.

Yeah, they're incredibly strong revolvers.

bac1023
02-18-2012, 21:14
Congrats!

Is this your first DW? If so, welcome to the club :)

Here's my .44mag. It was my first handgun purchase, 20 some years ago. Shown here with 8", I also have a 4".

I assume you got the DW wrench and cylinder gap with it? I think you can still get new barrels and sights direct from the factory.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7193/6887269351_2bfa6b737b_b.jpg

That looks great. :cool:

Its actually my second DW revolver. The other is pictured with it in the second post.

Yes, the wrench and gap came with it. :)

pennlineman
02-18-2012, 21:16
Another nice one BAC, congrats!

bac1023
02-18-2012, 21:17
Congrats Brian! You're on a roll lately. :thumbsup:

Thanks Cody.

Yeah, this is my third handgun this month. Before that, I hadn't bought anything since last spring.

I guess I was due. ;)

bac1023
02-18-2012, 21:25
I had a couple of 445 Super Mags in the past. They are pretty nice guns except for the horrible load-up on the hammer when you try to cock them. They have a short-throw hammer that takes quite a bit of force to spin that big cylinder around. I have two friends that have extremely rare 414 SuperMags....one of which is a very early Elgin Gates model. Those are some pretty cool guns. I also have a buddy with a blued .375 SuperMag. I don't believe the .375's were ever made in stainless.

No one will remember this these days.....but the original Ruger SRM .357 Maximum was actually recalled. But the recall only effected guns that were not yet sold to end users. So quite a few of the 14,000 or so made, ended up being sent back to Ruger by dealers and distributors. I was in my favorite gun shop in the early-80's fondling one of them and the dealer told me, "sorry, I can't sell it to you, it's got to go back". He had a pair of them and sent them both back.

Tony Rumore
Tromix

Interesting.

Thanks for the info.

scratchy wilson
02-18-2012, 21:51
No one will remember this these days.....but the original Ruger SRM .357 Maximum was actually recalled. But the recall only effected guns that were not yet sold to end users. So quite a few of the 14,000 or so made, ended up being sent back to Ruger by dealers and distributors. I was in my favorite gun shop in the early-80's fondling one of them and the dealer told me, "sorry, I can't sell it to you, it's got to go back". He had a pair of them and sent them both back.

Tony Rumore
Tromix

If you send one to Ruger for work, they won't send it back.

smokeross
02-18-2012, 23:24
If you send one to Ruger for work, they won't send it back.
Not True. I sent my second one in for the poor timing. They made it better, and sent it back. It was still not properly timed though. It got put into some one elses collection.

Glock40man
02-18-2012, 23:37
:wow:Nice find!

Congrats!:cool:

vtbluegrass
02-18-2012, 23:55
Initial thought was if redistribution of wealth means well all be a few of bac's guns then I am for it.

Nice score. Saw one of those at an auction today but someone had badly mistreated, a truly sad thing.

bac1023
02-19-2012, 06:19
Nice score. Saw one of those at an auction today but someone had badly mistreated, a truly sad thing.

Sadly, most of them are always beat up.

joecoastie
02-19-2012, 08:11
Very nice! Watching you close in on number 200 is like watching the ball drop in Times Square.

Joshhtn
02-19-2012, 08:16
That thing is beautiful Bac!! Congrats on a GREAT find!

bac1023
02-19-2012, 08:49
Very nice! Watching you close in on number 200 is like watching the ball drop in Times Square.

:rofl:

That's funny.

I hope you're patient though. I'm going to take a few years to complete it. :)

I have some real pricey guns on the final 25 list. :shocked:

Truckee
02-19-2012, 08:54
Ohhhhhhhhhh.... BAC, beautiful DW! I wish that I had your luck finding them. I own two Monson 15-2s and love them.

I couldn't walk by a DW without buying it, unless it was trashed. Even if I had no use for the caliber, I'd take it home. I'm not really sure why I feel that way about Dans. I think the ebony bluing is scrumptious. They're solid revolvers with a unique design. But, maybe it's because a DW was my first HG purchased. Also, I professionally carried that one in my early days... I have a sweet spot for the DW.

Nice find!

bac1023
02-19-2012, 08:58
Ohhhhhhhhhh.... BAC, beautiful DW! I wish that I had your luck finding them. I own two Monson 15-2s and love them.

I couldn't walk by a DW without buying it, unless it was trashed. Even if I had no use for the caliber, I'd take it home. I'm not really sure why I feel that way about Dans. I think the ebony bluing is scrumptious. They're solid revolvers with a unique design. But, maybe it's because a DW was my first HG purchased. Also, I professionally carried that one in my early days... I have a sweet spot for the DW.

Nice find!

Thank you.

Yeah, I was just browsing wwhen it caught my eye. If it wasn't a SuperMag, I probably wouldn't have bought it. However, the combination of the model, the like new condition, and the beautiful finish made it really hard to pass up.

I thought I'd probably never see another quite like it.

bac1023
02-19-2012, 11:05
Initial thought was if redistribution of wealth means well all be a few of bac's guns then I am for it.



:animlol:

brianfede
02-19-2012, 13:22
WOW, great looking gun. Congrats and at this pace you are going to reach your 200 goal by the summer!!!

bac1023
02-19-2012, 14:00
WOW, great looking gun. Congrats and at this pace you are going to reach your 200 goal by the summer!!!

I wish ;)

I may get to 180 or 185 by the end of the year.

NeverMore1701
02-19-2012, 14:28
I'm hoping to get up to 5 (from 4) this year :tongueout:

rvrctyrngr
02-19-2012, 14:49
Nice find, Brian.

A beautiful revo, to be sure!

Congrats!!!!!!

bac1023
02-19-2012, 14:55
I'm hoping to get up to 5 (from 4) this year :tongueout:

Before this month, I hadn't bought anything since last spring.

bac1023
02-20-2012, 04:39
Outstanding... They should make a snubbie.

What is .357 Max's near-equal?

Sorry, I missed this question.

They run about 150-200fps faster than a 357mag, so energy should be near 41 mag levels I imagine.

grecco
02-20-2012, 05:15
very nice!

bac1023
02-20-2012, 09:03
Thanks for all the great comments. :)

mgs
02-20-2012, 10:42
I had a couple of 445 Super Mags in the past. They are pretty nice guns except for the horrible load-up on the hammer when you try to cock them. They have a short-throw hammer that takes quite a bit of force to spin that big cylinder around. I have two friends that have extremely rare 414 SuperMags....one of which is a very early Elgin Gates model. Those are some pretty cool guns. I also have a buddy with a blued .375 SuperMag. I don't believe the .375's were ever made in stainless.

No one will remember this these days.....but the original Ruger SRM .357 Maximum was actually recalled. But the recall only effected guns that were not yet sold to end users. So quite a few of the 14,000 or so made, ended up being sent back to Ruger by dealers and distributors. I was in my favorite gun shop in the early-80's fondling one of them and the dealer told me, "sorry, I can't sell it to you, it's got to go back". He had a pair of them and sent them both back.

Tony Rumore
Tromix

Yes....375SM only in Blue. My friend had one in Blue and when he died at 52, I ask to purchase it from his cousin....no will so the cousin just took over. All guns, house and vehicle disappeared....well not the house...he was a realitor! The other cousins had no info on the guns...just went bye bye with all his Dillon loading gear. I was tempted to call the police and have him questioned on the gun sales or disappearance but did not want to be petty. Just wanted to buy the SM we shot steel with at IHMSA matches, Mike.

glockin-45
02-20-2012, 11:03
Very nice, bac. Thats a monster with the under lug barrel.
Are the grips maple?:cool:

bac1023
02-20-2012, 17:42
Very nice, bac. Thats a monster with the under lug barrel.
Are the grips maple?:cool:

I'm not sure which wood the grips are made of. I like the way they look though.

Anyone know? :dunno:

byf43
02-20-2012, 19:22
I'm not sure which wood the grips are made of. I like the way they look though.

Anyone know? :dunno:


DW used to advertise Walnut, with "Zebrawood" as being available.

My 44VH-8 came w/ walnut, but, they look a LOT darker than yours.

Here's my DW w/ the VH-4 barrel/shroud.
This went back to Dan Wesson for some 'adjustments'.
The trigger pull was terrible. Single action was horrendous.
I bought this revolver to shoot IHMSA back in the mid '80s.
Two chambers were really tight, causing fliers.
When it came back, the single-action trigger is about 2 lbs and the double-action pull, about 9 lbs.
Accuracy is amazing!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/DW44VH-4-1.jpg

bac1023
02-20-2012, 19:25
DW used to advertise Walnut, with "Zebrawood" as being available.



Thanks for the info. :cool:

NEOH212
02-20-2012, 21:43
Nice gun bac! Good score! :wavey:

TKM
02-20-2012, 23:13
A good friend of mine has one left over from his years of IHMSA blasting.

As much fun as it is to shoot, it is really cool to just look at it. The finish is amazing.

BZ, nice find.

bac1023
02-21-2012, 04:48
As much fun as it is to shoot, it is really cool to just look at it. The finish is amazing.



Thanks.

They are very nice looking revolvers.

Rinspeed
02-21-2012, 07:42
Very cool Brian.

CBennett
02-21-2012, 15:42
DW used to advertise Walnut, with "Zebrawood" as being available.

My 44VH-8 came w/ walnut, but, they look a LOT darker than yours.

Here's my DW w/ the VH-4 barrel/shroud.
This went back to Dan Wesson for some 'adjustments'.
The trigger pull was terrible. Single action was horrendous.
I bought this revolver to shoot IHMSA back in the mid '80s.
Two chambers were really tight, causing fliers.
When it came back, the single-action trigger is about 2 lbs and the double-action pull, about 9 lbs.
Accuracy is amazing!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a366/byf43/DW44VH-4-1.jpg

I was hoping it came back good, Double action in mine is nice but the single action is one of the best single action triggers ive ever felt(non competition gun) the closest was a les Baer 1911 a guy at the range let me try...really very close to that so in otherwords NICE :) .

while not as nice as your guys(But it was $270 out the door so it WAS right PRICE wise :) ) the 15-2

single action is about 2-3 lbs double as yours around 9 or so. My 12 year old LOVES to shoot this gun and will put 75-100 rounds through it if i let him.

CBennett
02-21-2012, 15:54
Oh and you probably being as into guns as you are about these places but just in case..

http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5&zenid=780351e90b1397abb43d834faa38bbc9

http://www.danwessonforum.com/

http://lbcustomgrips.com/

http://www.sixguns.com/range/supermags.htm

http://dwcollectors.org/archives/125

bac1023
02-21-2012, 20:00
Oh and you probably being as into guns as you are about these places but just in case..

http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5&zenid=780351e90b1397abb43d834faa38bbc9

http://www.danwessonforum.com/

http://lbcustomgrips.com/

http://www.sixguns.com/range/supermags.htm

http://dwcollectors.org/archives/125

Cool :cool:

Thanks for the links. I've been on a couple of those sites, but not all. :wavey: